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Ratu Inoke at the helm of G77

Nasik Swami
Thursday, October 03, 2013

FIJI took chairmanship of the G77 in January this year, fully aware of not only the privilege but the responsibility that comes with pursuing the interests of the largest group of countries in the United Nations.

This was outlined by Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola as he chaired the G77 and China Foreign ministers meeting in New York last week.

"We have set ourselves a firm discipline of carrying this in a scrupulous and professional manner in the best collective interests of the group," Ratu Inoke said in an Information Ministry statement.

"Our strength is our unity, and it is our strength that allows us to advance the interests of the developing world with credibility and equity."

Ratu Inoke highlighted the year 2013 for the group had been a year of consolidation, follow-up and preparation for major events to come.

"This has included the establishment and holding of the open working group on sustainable development goals, the negotiations to establish a high level political forum on sustainable development and the establishment of the experts working group on financing for sustainable development."

The statement said Ratu Inoke emphasised the collective efforts of the G77 under Fiji's leadership to secure an inter-governmentally negotiated outcome document which called for the renewal of political commitment towards achieving the MDGs by 2015.

The statement said UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and President John Ashe complimented Fiji for its performance in chairing the G77 in 2013 and stressed the utmost importance of the group's work in the forging of the post-2015 development agenda.


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